Hyaluronan Mixed Esters of Butyric and Retinoic Acid Drive Cardiac and Endothelial Fate in Term Placenta Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Enhance Cardiac Repair in Infarcted Rat Hearts

Received for publication, October 3, 2006, and in revised form, March 9, 2007 Published, JBC Papers in Press, March 15, 2007, DOI 10.1074/jbc.M609350200
Carlo Ventura, Silvia Cantoni, Francesca Bianchi, Vincenzo Lionetti, Claudia Cavallini, Ignazio Scarlata,
Laura Foroni, Margherita Maioli, Laura Bonsi, Francesco Alviano, Valentina Fossati, Gian Paolo Bagnara,
Gianandrea Pasquinelli, Fabio A. Recchia, and Alberto Perbellini
From the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Stem Cell Engineering, Institute of Cardiology, National Institute of Biostructures
and Biosystems, University of Bologna, I-40138 Bologna, Italy, Department of Experimental Pathology, University of Bologna,
I-40138 Bologna, Italy, Department of Histology, Embryology, and Applied Biology, University of Bologna, I-40138 Bologna, Italy,
Sector of Medicine, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology, I-56124 Pisa, Italy and Department of
Physiology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York 10595, and Department of Biomedical Sciences,
University of Sassari, I-07100 Sassari, Italy